writes Fehim Işık for Yeni Özgür Politika.t is apparent that Erdoğan’s hope in the US is dwindling. Now it is Russia’s turn. Putin will certainly be thinking of his own interests in his meeting with Erdoğan. But we can say that standing up against the US for Erdoğan’s sake is not included in the calculations of these interests,”
Erdoğan went to the United Nations summit with a substantial entourage. He formally opened the Türk Evi Centre which he has had built by his own contractors spending millions of dollars, then transferred to the charitable foundations of his adherents, making the state the landlord. He spoke at the UN summit. He gave interviews to a couple of press institutions but he could not conceal that these interviews had been secured by spending a lot of money through the mediation of lobbyist companies.
When Erdoğan’s viziers [advisers] saw the state he was reduced to, they started to pour money into billboards and tried to arm him by means of paid-for advertisements. But this had the opposite effect. Americans who witnessed this simply mocked him. (…)
When Erdoğan himself finally saw the state he was reduced to, he left the US in a temper, much earlier than had been planned.
As he did this, his target was the Kurds. The sycophantic media he has gathered around him were once again vomiting hostility to the Kurds. He returned to Turkey saying that the reason for what had happened was that the US administration, which was providing support to the Kurds. (…)
None of what has happened in the US; Erdoğan being used as a doormat, Erdoğan ending up flinging accusations at Biden and returning to Turkey, none of this is coincidental. This development shows that it is not Turkey, but Erdoğan, that has been crossed out. Erdoğan will in the coming days turn his face towards Russia…
… He is going to have a planned face-to-face meeting with Putin. Even so, the one-to-one meeting, to be held behind closed doors, will be a tough one. Putin will use the fact that Erdoğan has been squeezed into a corner, we can say from now that he will extract some serious compromises from him.
The Russian Foreign Minister has explained that Erdoğan has not kept his promises in the matter of Idlib.
The second point is Afrin, which has been occupied with Russia’s approval. In regions bordering on Idlib, Russian warplanes have fired missiles at Islamist gangs right next to Turkish military bases. This has occurred on a number of occasions.
Russia intends to bring Erdoğan completely under its control. For this reason it will use Erdoğan’s having been squeezed into a corner as a political stick to beat him with as much as it can… It was apparent that just as the expansionist Neo-Ottoman policies Erdoğan has been trying to implement by taking advantage of the conflicts between Russia and the US in particular have been wildly exaggerated, they are also not derived from the strength of the Turkish state. (…)
The colonialist expansionism of Erdoğan’s fascistic policies, which are on a par with those of Hitler’s Germany, have hit a wall of resistance in South Kurdistan, North Kurdistan and Rojava (North and East Syria).
It is apparent that Erdoğan’s hope in the US is dwindling. Now it is Russia’s turn. Putin will certainly be thinking of his own interests in his meeting with Erdoğan. But we can say that standing up against the US on behalf of Erdoğan is not included in the calculations of these interests.
Let us say a last word and wind up. A war scenario in Syria is on Erdoğan’s agenda. Calculations around Idlib and Rojava were reflected in the press after certain generals ‘requested retirement’. If Erdoğan can persuade the military too, he would like to aim for Syria, including Rojava, through a comprehensive war scenario. He tried something similar once before, but he could not get the support of the military camp. (…)
One does not need to be a soothsayer to know that he will not be able to run a war while standing against the US or Russia, or either one of them, having been unable to achieve a conclusion so far despite committing so many war crimes. It is also becoming very apparent that Erdoğan is on his way out…
In the end, yet another administration hostile to the Kurds will have been brought to a close, we will all see that the Kurdish resistance, albeit with heavy losses, has won out in the end…